Zinny & Maidagán

ARG (1957). Lives and works in Berlin..

Costuras emplomadas, 2014
Curtains (4–5), cotton, polyester, 4 x 6 m (variable dimensions)
Works on cloth (16), 2 x 2 m

Dolores Zinny and Juan Maidagán are a duo of conceptual artists that combine narratives with fictional interventions that lead to abstraction. They research concrete architectural elements and stories specific to a place—these become their tools for symbolic reading. Through appropriation, intervention, and transformation of these specific places the artists create the occasion for a special relationship to form between the viewer and the exhibition space.

Costuras emplomadas is a cordoning off of a reading field. The project was first developed in 2012 for Haus der Kulturen der Welt to present at the Berlin Documentary Forum 1 under the name Verbleite Nähte. For the #1 Cartagena Biennial it will be set at the patio/theater of the Museum of Art and Culture La Representación. Here the piece has been recreated and adapted to the exhibition space, below its double colonnade, and the readings have been chosen according to themes from local history and culture.

The readings are simultaneous. The readers—students—read for themselves but will react to the presence of the audience. The booklist will include Michihiko Hachiya’s Hiroshima Diary, W. G. Sebald’s On the Natural History of Destruction, Antjie Krogs’ Country of My Skull, and Philip Gourevitch’s We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families.